We traveled to Krabi, Thailand for a couple of days last week. We have been staying in Phuket for a bit now and felt the need to see more of Thailand. Plus, the fact that it is only a short 3 hour drive from our house and less expensive than Phuket for, well,… everything made it an easy decision. We wanted to see the limestone cliffs and beautiful beaches that Krabi is known for.
This post from Journeys of the Fabulist helped me to be prepared for Krabi with a child, especially in the bug spray department. It also gave me the ability to experience the Tiger Cave second-hand through their experiences because there was no way I was climbing 1200 and something steps with my 3-year-old in tow. I had been to Krabi many years ago, but it was just one day, and B.Z. (before Zoë) so Bronwyns post helped me to prepare a bit better for what it would be like with a little one. Make sure to read it!
Krabi, Thailand is a much different experience than most of the places north of it. You can see and feel the influences that the mostly Muslim culture has on this beautifully lush province. The food is almost always halal, there is definitely not as much pork, but the seafood… oh, so divine! There is a lack of beer or other alcoholic libations at many of the restaurants and even some 711’s, not that beer is necessary, but on a hot day while on holiday, it can be quite refreshing. Most people besides the tourists are fully covered in clothing from head to toe (how the ladies stay perspiration free is a mystery to me). That is where the differences end. The people of Krabi are just as kind, helpful, and lovely as the people are anywhere else in Thailand. The food is delicious and I made sure to eat plenty of it. The scenery and surroundings are amazing. All-in-all, I am saying you should check out Krabi.
We drove to Krabi in 3 hours easily on the main highway, but there are buses that go there from most towns for relatively cheap. The drive is filled with gorgeous scenery that kept me so engaged that I didn’t even notice how long it took. Krabi is known for their limestone mountains, and the mountains start pretty much as soon as you cross the bridge from Phuket to the mainland (Phang Nga).
We arrived at Sunda Resort, our bungalow home-away-from-home, in the early evening and dropped off our stuff. We ran out the door to catch a tuk tuk to Krabi Town to walk around the night market. Night markets are one of my favorite aspects of traveling in Asia. You can purchase souvenirs, handbags, clothing, and art work at a fraction of what you would pay for it in the stores. Not only that, but the night market food is always delicious and cheap! We all love to meander around and snack along the way while we check out what everyone has to sell.
The Krabi night market was really busy, but there were not that many tourists. Most of the people at the market appeared to be Thai, which to me means that the prices are usually fair. We nudged our way through the crowds long enough to fill up on yummy Thai finger foods like spring rolls, fried chicken pieces, an egg roti, and some corn for Z (her favorite). Everything was delicious!
The next day we were considering going to the Tiger Cave Temple, but as I said above, the stairs were a huge deterrent for me. So we decided to check out Railay Beach. I have a lot to write about Railay Beach, so I am leaving that until next Friday. (I don’t want to write the longest post ever in the history of blogging and lose your interest.)
The rest of our trip to Krabi was relaxing at our bungalows’ pool, and eating at nearby restaurants. MY FAVORITE THING TO DO!!!
For dinner the second night, we tried Wangsai Seafood Restaurant (their website is mostly in Thai) on Ao Nang beach. We had crab in yellow curry, chicken and cashew nuts, fried rice, Sweet Chili fried fish, and garlic bread. The chicken and cashew nuts had an odd flavor that I couldn’t place, but seemed very Chinese influenced. That was the first time in my whole life I disliked chicken cashew nuts! The garlic bread was white sandwich bread with margarine and garlic salt, I wish I had taken a picture because it looked hilarious. The one redeeming factor of this restaurant was the fish. The fish was perfect, they definitely made their own sweet chili sauce, which was fresh and spicy with large slices of tomato. Overall, I would not recommend this restaurant, and I rarely feel that negatively about a place. It was disappointing to say the least.
On our final day in Krabi, we got up and had coffee and then Z got to have her hair braided before we went home. Ever since she had it done during our afternoon on Coral Island she has wanted it done again. After her hair was all perfectly braided and beaded, we made the drive back to Phuket. It was a great few days away.
Have you ever been to Krabi? What did you think? Did you miss the beer, too? Leave a comment and tell us all about it.
Make sure to mark your calendars for next Fridays’ post which will be about Railay Beach!